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YouTube removes congressional candidate Joey Salads’ Jeffrey Epstein conspiracy video for “hate speech”

It's not clear what constitutes "hate speech". Salads was only asking the same questions as many other people reacting to the Epstein suicide.

has taken down a recent video from Joey Salads, a YouTuber who is running for Congress, because his reaction to breaking reports that the billionaire Jeffrey Epstein had committed suicide was deemed to be “hate speech.”

Epstein’s apparent suicide came one day after hundreds of pages of court documents containing new details of sexual abuse claims against Epstein were unsealed and at the time, numerous reports indicated that Epstein was on suicide watch. This led to many people questioning the circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death and asking how he was able to commit suicide while on suicide watch.

However, despite these questions being asked by many high profile politicians and public figures, YouTube informed Salads that his video was being removed for “hate speech.”

Salads says that in addition to taking down his video, YouTube also issued a strike on his channel which means he won’t be able to live stream for 90 days. If he accumulates further strikes, Salads could also be blocked from uploading and have his channel terminated.

It’s not clear which part of Salads’ video YouTube is interpreting as “hate speech.” In the video, which is still available on BitChute, Salads references a tweet where he questions how Epstein committed suicide while on suicide watch.

Salads then goes on to talk about how many people thought that Epstein would somehow end up dead because the allegations against him implicated a lot of powerful people. He also asks his audience if they think there’s some kind of conspiracy theory going on and speculates on some of the possible explanations behind Epstein’s apparent suicide.

It’s possible that YouTube is interpreting Salads’ discussion of Epstein’s death as “content denying that well-documented violent events took place” – a type of content that is prohibited under YouTube’s controversial new “hate speech” rules. However, this would be an extreme interpretation of the rules considering that millions of other people were asking the same questions as Salads when responding to the news of Epstein’s apparent suicide.

On the other hand, YouTube did recently delete a conspiracy theory focused episode of the Quoth the Raven podcast for “hate speech.” That podcast discussed Epstein and many other popular conspiracy theories so perhaps simply mentioning any conspiracy theories, regardless of how mainstream they are, is now all it takes for YouTube to remove a video for “hate speech.”

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